Arent de Gelder 1645 – 1727

Joseph's bloodstained coat is shown to Jacob

drawing with pen and brush (12 × 16 cm) — c. 1662 Museum Art Institute, Chicago

Arent de Gelder biography

This work is linked to Genesis 37:32

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Jacob, the old patriarch, favors his son Joseph over his other sons. The other sons become jealous and think of a way to get Joseph out of their way. They throw him into a pit and then sell him as a slave to a passing group of Ishmeelite traders, on their way to Egypte.

When the brothers return to Jacob, they show him the coat of many colors Jacob had given to Joseph, drenched in the blood of a goat. Jacob immediately believes their story that Joseph was killed by a wild animal.

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